I'm a newcomer to scrapbooking, but am hooked already. I don't live in the UK, so mostly order stash on-line. I'll be in central London on Monday and would love to go somewhere to browse (and probably spend too much ), but haven't a clue where to go. Any recommendations? Anywhere within the Circle Line would be fine.
Cowling & Wilcox, Broadwick Street. Its an Artists store in Soho, but they have lots of papers, embellishments and bits & bobs. It's not hobbycraft but it's the only one I have found in the West End to visit whilst at work and need a crafting fix. They do big bits of card and have their own guillotine which you can cut to whatever size you want. Nearest Tube Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus. I do go in there tons and they seem to be getting more & more stuff in.
Oh and the John Lewis store by Oxford Circus tube has a good art & craft dept. Lots of kits, cutters embellishments etc. It's by haberdashery on the ground floor which has tons of fibres/flowers etc as well. God you can tell I am obsessed. I have searched for a decent shop in central London and those are the only two I've found, the rest are all outside of the circle line & I haven't visited.
I've popped in to that John Lewis a couple of times and adore their haberdashery department. I don't think it has regular stock though - when I've gone back it's different. I dunno. Will have to look for the one in Soho. Thanks for the tip, UCM.
They must be new, I have never heard of them [prumphhhhhhhhhh] . I went to the shop in southampton row recently to look at papers and it was an old fashioned bookbinders, I did, how ever buy some sb posts very very cheaply, but the papers were like 20.00 per A1
Hi, just to report back: had a great time in JL (haberdashery department is now on 4th floor, and is HUGE) and then in Cowling & Wilcox. Didn't make it to your recommendation, champs, but it's on my list for next time.
C&W was good for basic stuff I needed like adhesives, lots of pens and stamp pads (heavy to post). Not so good if you're looking for cardstock or printed papers to drool over, but then I knew they weren't a scrapbooking specialist. But keep encouraging them to expand their stock, and I'll check them out again next time I'm in London.